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Who is your #FeministPresident?

Published: Sunday, October 14, 2018

As part of the presidential election campaign, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has today launched a public discussion on women’s equality in the election campaign for a new President. 

NWCI asked all presidential candidates a series of questions in relation to women’s equality. The answers are published today in the Sunday Independent, on www.independent.ie and on www.nwci.ie. 

Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said,

“2018 has been a momentous year for women’s equality. We are celebrating 100 years of suffrage.  The resounding yes vote in the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment has energised women and men to advance women’s rights and to create a more equal society in Ireland. However as the most recent Cervical Check scandal has shown, we have a long way to go in Ireland before women can fully participate in our society as equal citizens.

The President has an important role in showing leadership for the future of Irish society. With our initiative, we wish to generate a conversation in this election campaign about the importance of the values of equality and feminism and why it’s important that our new President has a positive vision for all women in Ireland. We are inviting the public to read what the candidates have to say and to share their views and ideas for the role of President using the hashtag #FeministPresident.”

She continued,

“We welcome that all candidates have participated in this conversation and wish the public to know their views and perspectives on advancing equality and rights for women.  The President can play a significant positive leadership role in advancing women’s rights in Ireland and globally and now is the time to hear their views so we can all make informed decision when voting for a new President of Ireland.”


For more information, please contact Silke Paasche, Head of Communications, NWCI, Tel. 085 858 9104.